double whammy

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Aug 30 01:14:37 UTC 2014

OK, I know we're up to the wazoo in cites of back-formed verbs.  But this one (last line below) still struck me as interesting, partly because it was addressed to linguists by (presumably) linguists (the From line is linguist at and partly because of the modifier involved; for me, "friendly" is not a possible adverb, so it remains an adjective even when what it modifies has back-formed itself into a verb.    (In fact, I've already registered, so I didn't need to be friendly reminded.)


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